Hundreds of Manning Valley residents turned out for the 2021 Anzac Day dawn and commemoration services in Taree.
They were the first conducted under COVID-19 regulations after last year's services were cancelled due to the pandemic.
The dawn service had its largest crowd in recent memory at the Taree War Memorial.
After veterans and officials enjoyed breakfast at Club Taree, it was back to Victoria Street for the march.
The Club Taree Community Concert Band led the procession, which included veterans, air cadets, service men and women, police, sports clubs, school children and firefighters.
At the commemoration service, Taree RSL Sub-branch president Charlie Fisher said "today we stop to remember those men and women currently serving and those who have served."
WATCH: 2021 Taree Anzac Day march
"We remember those in all wars who have paid the supreme sacrifice," Mr Fisher said.
He also alluded to the removal of Australian troops in Afghanistan in September this year.
In their address, Taree High School captains Amber Kelleher and Lucas Kloosterhof spoke about how the spirit of the Anzacs lives on through volunteers and support services who assisted with recent disasters (more on this to come).
Other school leaders from St Clare's High School, Manning Valley Anglican College and Chatham High School read prayers.
During the Anzac address, MidCoast Council mayor David West said Anzac Day was "more than just a national day, it's an Australian tradition."
"Wherever Australians and New Zealanders are to be found on April 25, it's likely an Anzac Day service of some description is taking place," Cr West said.
"We will be forever grateful to our service men and women past and present for their part in ensuring we live in a society that is defined by freedom."
Cr West spoke about the landing at Gallipoli and the ensuing bloodshed.
"For the next eight months, Australia and it's allies endued horrendous causalities yet advanced no further and the position they had taken on the first day," Cr West said.
"Just imagine also the trauma faced by the hospitals- nurses and surgeons and non-combatants.
"Treating those terribly broken men and boys, they too were victims of this campaign.
"When so many of our finest were fighting and dying on this distant shore, they would never had known the impact it would have on this great country.
"An impact that will define us forever, a spirit that will live on for eternity, something that has become a reflection of the very heart of our nation."